Introducing the Valley Advocate Album Review Column: The CDs You Gave Me
Feb23

Introducing the Valley Advocate Album Review Column: The CDs You Gave Me

Welcome to the first of a new monthly column – The CDs You Gave Me – featuring reviews of new albums by Western Mass bands and solo artists. I’m a musician myself as a member of 10-piece theatrical and avant-garde pop ensemble, The Leafies You Gave Me (get it?), so I cut out the middleman and pass the savings directly onto you, dear reader. Send me your CDs, vinyl, digital downloads, or cassettes, and you might just see yourself in...

Read More
Cinemadope: A Horror Film Stitched Together from Horror Films at Amherst
Feb23

Cinemadope: A Horror Film Stitched Together from Horror Films at Amherst

It’s always been a point of pride at Amherst Cinema that they are no mere movie house. Plunked down right in the heart of the town’s downtown, flanked by coffee spots and park greens, the theater has always been something of a community hub. Perhaps it would have been their destiny, given the location, but it is an identity the organization has long embraced and actively encouraged, putting on all sorts of events that help bring the...

Read More
The V-Spot: My Lover and My Bestie Are Dating
Feb23

The V-Spot: My Lover and My Bestie Are Dating

Hi there! I’m an early 30s, cis, brown, queer non-monogamous woman. My question is about a situation I find myself in with a lover and my best friend. This best friend is my Bestie, my chosen family. The lover is my first male lover in over a decade. (I was with women exclusively and have been in therapy for male-related trauma and abandonment stuff). He’s the first man I’ve been intimate and vulnerable with in that long....

Read More
Pick of the Day 2/25: Outside Mullingar at the Majestic Theater
Feb23

Pick of the Day 2/25: Outside Mullingar at the Majestic Theater

As the mighty Shakespeare (or the Martian) might say, “here’s the rub”:  Anthony and Rosemary are two clueless, lovelorn neighbors. Anthony’s father Tony and Rosemary’s mother Aoife are locked in a bitter land feud. Rosemary has been romantically interested in Anthony for all of her life, but he is shy and unaware of her feelings. Anthony doesn’t like the daily grind of farming, and his father is...

Read More
Carolyn Walker on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage
Feb23

Carolyn Walker on the Valley Advocate Sessions Stage

Carolyn Walker is a singer-songwriter with a penchant for bittersweet folk melodies with a dash of alternative rock. Check out Carolyn Walker’s full Valley Advocate Sessions performance in the link below. Advocate Sessions, which features sets and interviews by local bands and solo artists, is released every Friday filmed by Northampton Community Television and recorded by Signature Sounds Recording. (Click on the video below to...

Read More